GTX 980 SLI Mobile vs RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

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Value for money (0-100)
7.40
 
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Architecture
Maxwell
 
Ampere
GPU code name
N16E-GXX SLI
 
GN20-E7 GA104
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Launch date
22 September 2015 (5 years ago)
 
12 January 2021 (less than a year ago)
Price now
$301
 
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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
4096
 
6144
Core clock speed
1126 MHz
 
780 - 1100 MHz
Boost clock speed
1228 MHz
 
1245 - 1710 MHz
Number of transistors
10400 Million
 
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Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
8 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
330 Watt
 
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop size
large
 
large
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
16 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
3500 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

G-SYNC support
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX 12_1
CUDA
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 58.89 +3.4%
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 56.98

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 155238 +9.3%
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 141985

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 18339
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 21480 +17.1%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 25453
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 27000 +6.1%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 33169
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 41055 +23.8%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

GTX 980 SLI Mobile satisfies 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

RTX 3080 Laptop GPU satisfies 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
GTX 980 SLI Mobile
RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
1080p
 
136 +14.3%
119 −14.3%
1440p
 
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81
4K
 
64 +20.8%
53 −20.8%

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

3.4% better performance in benchmarks

CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)

PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU

Much newer (12 January 2021 vs 22 September 2015)

More pipelines (6144 vs 4096)

Finer manufacturing process technology (8 vs 28 nm)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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